The Kingdom of God – Mark 4:21-34
Jesus: Man of Action – The Kingdom of God
#1 KINGDOM STORIES – PARABLES vv. 33-34
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
Make the heart of this people calloused;make their ears dulland close their eyes.Otherwise thy might see with their eyes,hear with their ears, understand with their hearts,and turn and be healed.”
#2 THE KINGDOM OF GOD BRINGS LIGHT TO DARK PLACESvv. 21-25
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:19 (NIV)
#3 THE KINGDOM OF GOD ADVANCES BY THE POWER OF GOD vv. 26-29
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)
#4 THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL ADVANCE AND PROVIDE SHELTER FOR THE NATIONS.
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hadeswill not overcome it. Matthew 16:16-18 (NIV)